Nez Perce elder drowns in Snake River

Nez Perce elder drowns in Snake River

Credit: Payette National Forest

Elmer P. Crow, Jr., a Nez Perce tribal elder, has been identified by police as the victim of a drowning last week in the Snake River near Lewiston.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 28 at 6:16 PM

LEWISTON -- A Nez Perce tribal elder was the victim of a drowning last week in the Snake River near Lewiston.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the Asotin County Sheriff's Office across the river in Washington identified the victim as Elmer P. Crow, Jr.

According to the law enforcement agency, Crow was attempting to help his 7-year-old grandson Friday at a popular swimming area.

Boaters rescued the youngster unharmed, but efforts to revive the 69-year-old Crow were unsuccessful.

Family members were shocked and grieving at the loss of Crow, calling his bid to help his grandson "a final act of heroism."

In his lifetime, Crow had worked to increase the lamprey eel population, a traditional food source for the indigenous Native American group, through his involvement in the Nez Perce Fish Hatchery.

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